16 February 2015
783 Dutch children below 18 were hospitalized after excessive alcohol use (mainly alcohol intoxication) last year, the highest number in history. Pediatrician Nico van der Lely of the Reinier de Graaf Hospital in Delft told the media that the increase was mainly caused by extremely young drinkers.
"Increasingly it involves 13 and 14 year olds. With an ever higher blood alcohol level." Last year was also the first time since the Netherlands Signalling Center Pediatrics started registering alcohol hospitalization and alcohol intoxication in 2007 that more girls were treated than boys.